Monday, March 29, 2021

Princess Leopoldine von Lobkowicz, Countess Jan Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz (1926-2021)

Princess Leopoldine von Lobkowicz, Countess Jan Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz.
Photograph courtesy her family via Community Funeral Homes.

Aged ninety-four, Princess Leopoldina "Leo" von Lobkowicz, Countess Jan Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz, passed away on 18 March 2021 at Haliburton Hospital, Ontario, Canada.

Prince Leopold von Lobkowicz and his wife Princess Franziska von Montenuovo.

Born on 14 November 1926 at Unterberkovic, Princess Leopoldine Bertha Marie Franziska Ida Balthasar Leonhardine von Lobkowicz was the third of four daughters of Prince Leopold von Lobkowicz (1888-1933) and Princess Franziska "Fanny" von Montenuovo (1893-1972), who married in 1918. Leopoldine had three sisters: Princess Maria Julia (1919-2008; married Prince Johann von Thurn und Taxis), Princess Amalie (1921-2013; married Prince Franz zu Schwarzenberg), and Princess Rosa (1929-1997).

A young Count Jan Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz, future husband of Princess Leo Lobkowicz.

On 22 August 1945, Princess Leopoldine von Lobkowicz married Count Jan "Jenda" Nepomuk Maxmilian Ladislav Vojtěch Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz (1911-1996), the only son of Count Jan Josef Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz (1870-1947) and Countess Rosa von und zu Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg (1879-1967). Through his father, Count Jan was a first cousin of Princess Isabelle of Orléans and Bragança, the Countess of Paris. Princess Leopoldine and Count Jan were fourth cousins once removed: both being descendants of Count Lájós Cavriani, Baron zu Unter-Waltersdorf (1739-1799) and Countess Johanna von Kolowrat-Novohradsky (d.1826). Leopoldine and Jan had five children: Count Jan "John" (b.1946), Countess Zdislava (b.1947), Countess Helen (1948-2011), Countess Margaret (b.1952), and Count Charles (1955-1980). The family escaped from communist Czechoslovakia and arrived in Canada in 1951.

Princess Fanny von Lobkowicz with her daughter Leopoldina.

Countess Leopoldine Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz was a great-great-granddaughter of Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, Duchess of Parma, one-time Empress of the French, and her second husband Count Adam von Neipperg.

May Leopoldina Rest in Peace.

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